The aim of this seminar is to get an understanding how financial risk management in life insurance companies works and to be able to apply the corresponding theory in the concrete context. On the first day we will focus on risk management in general and the corresponding concepts. Day two will be devoted to variable annuities, namely their product design, their valuation and the risk management intrinsic to them, including the various hedging approaches.
More concretely the aim regarding life insurance risk management is as follows:
• Understand the underlying economic principles for insurance and for financial derivatives
• Understand how to value insurance liabilities including their optionalities
• Be able to calculate financial risks intrinsic to life insurance and to understand the main drives
Regarding variable annuities we aim to cover the following:
• Understand what is a variable annuity.
• Understand the different product features and how they interact.
• Understand the difference between economics of insurance and of financial markets.
• Understand what financial derivatives are and how they are priced.
• Understand the risk management of variable annuities and their hedging.
The key focus of the seminar is to put theory into practice. This means that the seminar is split into two sections, one where theory and concepts are presented, followed by a concrete application and implementation. The former section will be based on my book ‘Life Insurance Risk Management Essentials’ (published in the EAA Series of Springer) and an additional paper regarding variable annuities. In the practical part you will use your own laptop either by means of excel or python (we expect that python 2.7.6 [freeware] from www.python.org and Microsoft Excel is installed on the participant’s laptop). Solutions for the exercises for the practical part will be made available.
All participants will receive a copy of the book ‘Life Insurance Risk Management Essentials’.